Darts & Arrows grew out of songwriter-guitarist Bill MacKay’s vision for a folk group, playing their 1st gig at South Union Arts in Chicago in 2006. The band’s mixing of folk and rock with avant-garde experimentation and pop melody started to gel on their debut release Bill MacKay and Darts & Arrows (2010). In particular, the hypnotic and psychedelic throb of Road to the Seaway caught the attention of listeners.
With their new recording Eyes of the Carnival (2012), the band’s folk sense is further shaded by its art-rock and experimental leanings, a deepening dynamic range, and a more finely etched sense of melody and space. Excursions into Latin and western sounds, and some luminous improvisations, point to new directions in timbre and theme.
Keyboardist Ben Boye (Bonnie Prince Billy, Health & Beauty) joins Bill MacKay (recently solo and ongoing projects with Jeff Greene, Judson Claiborne, Leroy Bach etc.) as a writer in the band with his song Frequent Vacation. Kyle Hernandez (Certain Stars, formerly Occidental Brothers) and Quin Kirchner (Nomo, In Tall Buildings, Wild Belle) have joined the group on bass and drums.